Golf has given so much to me in my life. It’s given me exercise, but most of all, it’s given me friends. And it’s given me a sense of accomplishment, so the whole thing put together has been very, very special in my life and I want others to experience that at The Children's Museum.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (PRWEB) August 15, 2018
Move over race cars – there will be some fine drives by the LPGA’s finest this week at the IWiT Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis. Golf fans kicked off the week with some of the lady pro golfers at the Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience Presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam within the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience.
Four of the games talented pros shared skills and secrets to success with children and families at the golf course, which is located at the world’s largest children’s museum (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis).
The golf pros are in town for the Indy Women in Tech Championship driven by Group1001 at the Brickyard Crossing. But they also wanted to make sure they gave back to the youth of the community. So, these women each formed a team with four First Tee kids to compete in a friendly, scramble-format competition. First Tee is a youth development organization that introduces the game of golf to young people through after-school programs. The pros included Indy’s own Danah Bordner (Indianapolis, IN and Ohio), Lauren Coughlin (splits time between Charlottesville, VA and Houston, TX), Erynne Lee (Silverdale, WA), and Sophia Schubert Oakridge, TN).
Many of the kids were surprised to learn that many of the pros started playing the game close to the same age they are now. Bordner grew up as the daughter and sister of golf pros and married one. Coughlin began playing at the age of 7, Lee was 10-years-old and Schubert was only four-years-old. All of the women were very supportive of the First Tee program, whose mission is to grow the game of golf by transforming the experience that kids (and families) have with the sport. There are nine core values including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Families visiting The Children’s Museum also learn those same values while playing the sport.
When the LPGA players hit the links for the IWiT Championship this week, they will be playing on a famous Dye-designed golf course. The course features four holes inside the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the world's largest annual single-day sporting event - the Indianapolis 500.
The putting course at The Children's Museum was also designed by Pete and Alice Dye and is considered a legacy course that they wanted to create for families to enjoy the sport they love so much. Each of the 18 holes on Signature Courses A & B was individually chosen by Pete and Alice Dye from one of their signature courses around the world and has signage alerting players to what hole they are playing. The replica golf holes have various turf heights, bunker, and water hazards created with unique turf that features realistic coloring, giving the impression that families are in a helicopter looking down upon an actual golf course. In the end, it’s all about an authentic family experience to its creators, “Golf has given so much to me in my life. It’s given me exercise, but most of all, it’s given me friends. And it’s given me a sense of accomplishment, so the whole thing put together has been very, very special in my life and I want others to experience that at The Children's Museum,” said Alice Dye, golf legend.